'Silence of the Lambs' TV Spin-Off Show 'Clarice' Gets Green Light at CBS

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jan 14, 2020
09:00 A.M.
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Nearly three decades after the hit psychological thriller hit theatres, CBS is preparing to deliver a spinoff of the Oscar-winning hit, "Silence of the Lambs." 

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According to Variety, the 1991 film "Silence of the Lambs" and it's star character Clarice Starling will finally be getting a TV show courtesy of CBS network.

The outlet reports that the new show, titled "Clarice," is set to continue the story of Starling and her life in 1993 — a year after the events from the film occurred.

Sir Anthony Hopkins speaks onstage during the 'Westworld' panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour | Getty Images

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Clarice's story to be told

Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet will executive produce the project. The  pair gave a statement, saying, "After more than 20 years of silence, we're privileged to give voice to one of America's most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling."

They continued

"Clarice's bravery and complexity have always lit the way, even as her personal story remained in the dark. But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always."

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The show's storyline will dive into Starling's fieldwork post-Hannibal Lecter. The FBI agent continues to go after serial killers and sexual predators amid the dramatic political arena in Washington, DC.

The backend details

Jodie Foster played the role of Starling in the original film, which was an adaptation of Thomas Harris' thriller novel of the same name. The actress received a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. 

The new show will reportedly be filmed at the MGM and CBS Television Studios. Heather Kaiden will also executive produce while Aaron Baiers will co-executive produce. 

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Jodie Foster, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award on April 26, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

The show will be done under Kurtzman's Secret Hideout banner, which also oversees the "Star Trek" TV universe. Kurtzman also executive produces the reboot of "Hawaii Five-O." 

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Ongoing Hannibal offshoots

The show "Clarice" will follow the adaptations of Harris' highly-acclaimed follow-up novels. In 2001, the "Silence of the Lambs" sequel "Hannibal" saw Julianne Moore playing the role of Starling. 

In 2013, the show "Hannibal" gained its own television series on NBC, but Starling was not included in the plot. Hannibal reportedly won't be appearing in the storyline for "Clarice." 

Jodie Foster speaks onstage during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images.

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So far, no names have been announced as to who will make up the cast of the new show. Furthermore, there's been no premiere date announced.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Fans of the Hanibal story will recall that the original film, "Silence of the Lambs," saw actor Sir Anthony Hopkins playing the cannibalistic serial murderer that the FBI was using for his twisted mind. 

The beloved Hopkins is a legend in Hollywood, but not many know that he pursued music as a young man. A single called "Distant Star" even reached number 75 of the Billboard UK singles chart. 

Actor Anthony Hopkins, speaks onstage during The Dresser panel as part of the Starz portion of This is Cable 2016 Television Critics Association Winter Tour | Getty Images

Later on, Hopkins got involved in theatre acting before making his debut on the big screen. He's acted as two different US presidents and in endless movies, yet he also has a love for painting. 

Over the years, Hopkins has received 57 award nominations and captured 47 wins for his onscreen talents. Let's hope the work of the "Clarice" cast will be as noteworthy. 

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